I was 8 years old when my Parent divorced. It was me, my mum and brother for some time then, my mother got a boyfriend. My Dad also got another girlfriend, and they later married. Over the years, things became unhealthy between myself and my Mum so I decided to live with my Grandparents.
Before moving into the YMCA I was at Westminster University doing a Business Management Degree. I was also Volunteering for a community company in Luton. My grandparents decided that they wanted to move out of Luton, this is when I became homeless. I felt emotionally and mentally unstable; I was dealing with Depression and Anxiety and felt abandoned. I was Sofa Surfing, staying at Family and Friends Houses, while I finished off my Degree. I finally realised that this wasn’t something I couldn’t continue with any longer, so I went to the council for help. They referred me to the YMCA in July 2017 and within a week I had a place.
From my Volunteer work I was offered a Part Time job as a project coordinator, which I really enjoy. I help manage projects within Luton that help people that are unemployed, living in social isolation and who are homeless. We also help people get back into fitness. Keeping busy and active is important to me, as seeing other people happy and helped, helped me.
In November 2017, I was referred to cognitive behavioural therapy, through my GP. This basically helps you to change the way you think and see things. Being someone who went through hell and back, I never really thought I could ever come back to normality and that an unstable life was all I’d ever have. In the last 4 months, I have reduced my depression tablets from 40mg which were taken every day, to 10mg taken every other day. I only have one more week left in therapy, and I feel my whole prospect of life has changed massively in such a small space of time. I have come out of my shell and I’m a happy bubbly girl, who has a bright future for herself. I’m more positive and energetic, I want to socialise more with people and have opened up more with the staff at the YMCA.
I’ve been trying to save some money to go travelling to a few places this year. I’ve also been doing my driving lessons and hope by the end of this year to have passed. This will enable me freedom to go out and live my life.
I have now set up my Bidding with the council and I’m bidding every week. I have also been nominated by the staff at the YMCA and this will give me extra points for my bidding. Hopefully in the next coming months, I’ll be able to find somewhere to call home.